Fast and Easy Keto Lunch Ideas is a compilation of delicious everyday quick lunches you can make in a hurry or ahead of time. Tackle that busy day with a healthy lunch! Here are quick and easy, make ahead, low carb and keto lunches you can make in no time! These are my go-to ketogenic recipes every day. Finding time to make a healthy meal in the morning while trying to get out the door in the morning is hard, but not with these keto healthy recipes! Check them out!
Need Ideas For a Fast and Easy Keto Lunch?
Lunch is an easy time for me to fall of the “healthy eating wagon.” If I am not prepared then I have to get takeout and when I have to eat out, it’s easy to ignore your diet rules when you’re faced with a lot of tempting lunch options. To help you stay on track I have filtered through recipe after recipe online to find meals that tasted good and that I can make quick (or ahead of time). Here are a few of my favorite go-to fast and easy keto lunch ideas.
For me, the rules of a good recipe are – easy to prepare, fast to prepare, and can be made ahead. I work full time, outside the house so make ahead options are a must. I don’t have time to prepare complicated lunches every day. Any eating plan that requires me to spend a lot of time cooking is not for me! I usually spend about an hour on Sundays meal prepping for a few lunches during the week. This makes things go so much smoother during the week!
Hawaiian Chicken Salad
An easy make ahead dish! Since this tastes best after sitting overnight this is the perfect meal prep recipe. I made this salad for a light dinner one evening, then had enough for the next 4 days of lunches. It’s so addicting! You can also serve this on it’s own, as a lettuce wrap, or over a half an avacado (stuffed avocado). Hawaiian Chicken Salad recipe, HERE
Instant Pot Low Carb and Keto Chicken Soup
Easy meal prep option! Prepare this super easy chicken soup ahead of time, or for a dinner and use as leftovers. Pack up in a microwave safe dish, and reheat for your next lunch. I eat this one a lot at work! I like comforting cozy food at work! Enjoy! You can find my Instant Pot Low Carb and Keto Chicken Soup, (HERE)
Zucchini Taco Boats (Make Ahead, Meal Prep)
These zucchini taco boats are literally perfect for a meal prep. They have minimal ingredients and are really easy to make. You can bake them all ahead of time then reheat for your lunch. They reheat really well. I packed my lunch with a side of avocado, sour cream, and salsa to keep with the taco theme! So good!! You can find my Zucchini Taco Boat Recipe, (HERE)
This is actually one of my favorite things to pack for lunch. While this layered salad is the perfect dish to take to take to a gathering I actually make it as a side for dinner all the time. Because it makes so much I have tasty leftovers! As long as you don’t mix in the dressing this will keep for several days. I pack several portions of it in airtight containers and take it to lunch! It’s delicious with it’s bacon and cheese and the mayonnaise based dressing. Layered Salad recipe, HERE
Keto Lunch Charcuterie
Say that 3 times fast! I love appetizers so I therefore go crazy over charcuterie platters. This makes a great and really satisfying lunch. Green Egg & Goats has added various types of salami, marinated mozzarella balls and olives, but you can also add nuts, or small pickles. You can switch it up and add nuts, vegetables, diced chicken, etc. Super easy! Recipe by Green Eggs & Goats, (HERE)
Cobb Egg Salad
This Cobb Egg Salad recipe is GOOD – and it keeps really well. I have found that it keeps longer by not adding the arugla directly to the salad. Instead I serve it over a bed of arugula, or I make Listotic’s recipe, 90-second keto bread in the microwave and serve the egg salad on top, along with the arugula. You can also use spinach or other lettuce. See Lemon Tree Dwelling’s Cobb Egg Salad recipe, here.
Salmon Roll Ups
OMG. I love smoked salmon and avocado, and of course cream cheese. See Our Paleo Life’s fantastic recipe here. The dill dip seasoning blend is what gives these babies awesome flavor!
Low Carb Korean Beef Bowl
These Korean beef bowls taste amazing and are a great option for a make ahead lunch. Recipe by Whole Kitchen Sink, (HERE)
Keto Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocados
These delicious keto tuna salad stuffed avocados by Yummy Healthy Easy, (HERE)
Pick Your Protein Salad with Creamy Ranch Dressing
For this recipe you’ve got loads of options! Pick your favorite protein and veggies, and make this fabulous ranch dressing and you are set for an awesome lunch.
You can use egg (see pic below), chicken, steak, shrimp, fish, or ham. Pack up your favorite salad veggies, chicken, and dressing into separate sections or containers.
You can grill your own chicken in advance, or you can buy pre-grilled chicken breasts from the store to save some time. I typically try and keep pre-grilled meats in the freezer (either homemade or store bought) so I can quickly grab that important protein in a hurry!
You will love this homemade keto approved and dairy free creamy ranch dressing. (See Healthful Pursuits, recipe here) Tip: when making the recipe I used fresh diced onion instead of dried onion, but either one will taste good.
One Pan Roasted Shrimp and Zucchini and Tomatoes
We currently have an overabundance of zucchini and tomatoes from our garden. In fact, I’m thinking of making a post solely dedicated to zucchini recipes, LOL! I also just noticed that my sister Jen (Whole Lotta Yum) recently posted a zucchini and tomato recipe so that tells me she has a lot from her garden too! See Whole Lotta Yum’s recipe, here. With a slight variation to add protein and make it a complete lunch…
In the last 15 minutes of roasting your vegetables, add shrimp to the same pan you are roasting your veggies in. Toss the veggies and shrimp so the shrimp get coated in the olive oil and cheese. Finish baking and yum!
Yep, I know. You’re thinking, duh Kori! I thought it worth mentioning that you’ll can save yourself a lot of time by making extra portions of your previous night’s dinner. As you’re cleaning up, set aside your portion for your next day’s lunch. Easy and Yum! In all the evening chaos I often forget about leftovers. If it’s on the list I won’t forget! 🙂
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